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#CancelBillZeiser: A Response to Robert Stacy McCain

By on 4.3.14 | 3:17PM

In Plato's Republic, one of the definitions of justice is "to do well to friends and to harm enemies." Robert Stacy McCain's lengthy rebuke to yours truly was an attempt to do right by his friend, Michelle Malkin. It was also, I think, a friendly warning to a budding conservative writer not to mess with Malkin, a woman of considerable and well deserved fame. Robert asked me, rhetorically, if I want to go to war with the Divine Ms. M. I would be crazy to seek out such conflict, a point Robert made in a tweet alerting me to the coming smackdown. Let's go to the tale of the tape: @BillZeiser, 1010 followers on Twitter. @RSMcCain, 81 thousand followers. @MichelleMalkin, 692 thousand followers and counting! Look upon my tweets, ye Mighty, and despair!

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Jindalcare: Time for Solutions

By on 4.3.14 | 1:35PM

After four years of criticizing Obamacare, Republicans such as Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal have decided it’s time to start offering solutions.

Jindal’s plan lacks details, but his goal is precise: make health care simpler and more affordable. He explains:

The plan I’m endorsing includes an innovative $100 billion grant program that incentivizes our “laboratories of democracy”—the states—to come up with insurance reforms and other solutions that can stem the rising tide of health costs. States’ eligibility for the grants would be tied to their ability to lower insurance premiums for their citizens.

We include other reforms in our plan too – tax equity between employer and individually-purchased health plans, lawsuit reform, wellness incentives, and new incentives for Health Savings Accounts.

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Celebrity, Social Media, and War

By on 4.3.14 | 1:30PM

It’s finally happened. Kim Kardashian weighed in on the situation in Syria. Spoiler alert: She gets it all wrong. It shouldn’t come as a shock that silly people have stupid opinions about important issues that confound them. Still, let's investigate. It all speaks to a bigger point about celebrities, social media, and war.

Tweets Kardashian:

Please let's not let history repeat itself!!!!!! Let's get this trending!!!!

#SaveKessab

#ArmenianGenocide

Moments later:

If you don't know what's going on in Kessab please google it, its heart breaking! As an Armenian, I grew up hearing so many painful stories!

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Morning Round-Up 4-3

By on 4.3.14 | 10:03AM

Feature of the Day: The Technology of Baseball: Here’s how the game goes from field to screen.

Morning Headlines

Domestic                                                          

Associated Press

  1. Fort Hood Gunman Sought Mental Health Treatment
  2. Supreme Court to Decide Texas Execution Drug Case
  3. 2nd Suit Filed Challenging Texas’ New Abortion Law

Politico

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Harry Reid Has a Tax to Grind

By on 4.2.14 | 8:32PM

Over at the Weekly Standard, John McCormack draws our attention to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's official Senate website, which states that the Koch Brothers do not pay corporate taxes. 

Harry Reid has a tax to grind. But it isn't just the Koch Brothers. Let us not forget that during the 2012 campaign, Reid accused Mitt Romney of not having paid his taxes for 10 years. That whopper earned four Pinocchios from Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post. I have a feeling there are a few more Pinocchios in Reid's future. 
 
But what does Harry Reid care if he lies? He does so with the knowledge that some people will believe the lie. If Reid's lie helped Romney lose to Obama then he has every incentive to lie about the Koch Brothers to keep his job as Senate Majority Leader. 
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Party at the White House Tonight!

By on 4.2.14 | 3:41PM

They're breaking out the champagne at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue tonight. In case you didn't hear, 7.1 million Americans signed up for insurance on the Obamacare exchanges.

And if you want all the drama-laden details, Politico took the time to type a true all-American underdog tale of how the White House managed to surprise even itself. After a devastating roll-out, a glitchy website, and low enrollment numbers, President Obama and his team dug in their heels, developing the finest strategy for winning the Obamacare debate. They got celebrities, they got radio hits, they got TV ads, they got hot men in boxer briefs and bros doing keg-stands—they even got your mom. They threw it together and at the last second hit that buzzer three-pointer to win the game.

And the crowd went wild!!

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The Inconsistency of Feminism and Sex-Selective Abortions

By on 4.2.14 | 1:07PM

Yesterday the American Conservative published an insightful piece, “Here’s the ‘Missing’ Evidence for S.D.’s Sex-Selective Abortion Ban” by Jonathan Coppage.

Coppage does excellent work researching and explaining the evidence behind sex-selective abortions in the United States, sadly concluding that the facts reveal this practice does, in fact, occur within our borders.

South Dakota just became the eighth state to pass a ban on sex-selective abortions, and in doing so, ignited rage from pro-choice advocates. They immediately conjured up the race debate, claiming laws against sex-selective abortions were inherently discriminatory toward Asian-American women and were entirely unnecessary.

Citing scholarly and journalistic works, Coppage debunks the theory that these abortions never happen in the United States, but gives the opposition a break. He says their arguments that this is not America's primary domestic issue, and that laws alone won’t solve the problem, are viable.

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Help Make A Documentary on Kermit Gosnell

By on 4.2.14 | 12:49PM

Gross media negligence on the Kermit Gosnell trial has left many disgusted.

That case signified the turning of the tide against late-term abortion, as more states pass legislation banning and regulating the gruesome process every day. In fact, this may be the “Uncle Tom” moment of the abortion movement, as younger Americans come to realize what abortion actually is.

While I don’t usually rally for fundraising causes, this one is worthy.

Ann and Phelim Media, an independent production company, is trying to crowdsource $2.1 million over the next forty days to produce a movie about Kermit Gosnell. You can find more at this link.

To actually be an “Uncle Tom” moment, the pro-life movement needs a piece of pop culture. A documentary seems fitting.

If you are so inclined, please give. If you donate $25, you’ll get a copy of the DVD for free. Help these guys spread the truth about this killer.

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Michelle Malkin Is Right (as Usual)

By on 4.2.14 | 11:55AM

Last week, American Spectator contributor Bill Zeiser wrote a blog item with the unfortunate headline, "Michelle Malkin Is Wrong." The topic of the dispute -- Stephen Colbert's tasteless use of anti-Asian slurs -- is interesting, but ultimately irrelevant to the point I wish to make, for the sake of Mr. Zeiser and anyone else who may read this now or in the future: Michelle Malkin keeps score.

On your short list of "People You Never Want to Go to War Against," be sure to include her name at or near the top, because Michelle Malkin will win that war.

Bill Zeiser is a young fellow, and perhaps did not consider the foolish impropriety of his gesture when he decided to draw attention to himself with such a headline as "Michelle Malkin Is Wrong." It would be most unfortunate if The American Spectator were to become collateral damage as a result.

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